U.S. Law Shield News asks the question, “Who is Judge Gorsuch?” President Trump announced his Supreme Court Justice nominee on January 31st, and few are familiar with his views and voting record. Texas Law Shield Independent Program Attorney Michele Byington talks about the pros and cons of Judge Neal Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Will he likely be a friend of the 2nd Amendment, or not? Click to watch the more-in-depth interview to find out.
As Byington recapped, Neal Gorsuch is a study of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who was a stalwart defender of Conservative causes. Though we don’t have much in the way of Second Amendment decisions or opinions coming from Gorsuch, we do have some parallels in which he shows him hoolding up what the Founders intended in the Constitution. However, as Byington goes on to explain, there is a bit of problem with a formal decision on a Fourth Amendment case. In the case, a police officer searched and seized a handgun after seeing and accidental display of a concealed firearm. The defendant of the case turned out to be a felon who was illegally in possession of the firearm, but the case was focused on whether or not an accidental display constituted probable cause for the officer to search the man. Gorsuch ruled in favor of the police officer. Though the officer was correct and lawful in seizing the handgun from a felon, Justice Scalia would probably have ruled in favor of the defendant.
The Senate still needs to hold confirmations on Judge Gorsuch, which may take some time. Senate Republicans refused to hold any confirmation hearings on former President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland, and current Senate Democrats may attempt to slow down the confirmation process out of spite. We’ll have to wait and see how Judge Gorsuch’s nomination plays out.